Late Brockport Lead Slips Away Against Potsdam

Sophomore Alex Austin (Rochester, NY/Trinity-Pawling) scored his second goal of the game with just less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Brockport a 9-8 lead, but Potsdam scored twice in the closing minutes to pull out a 10-9 victory Saturday afternoon in a SUNYAC game on Bob Boozer Field at Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium in Brockport.

Neither team held more than a one goal lead at any point in the game as Brockport (5-6 Overall, 1-1) held the lead four different times and the Bears (5-3, 1-0) had six different leads in the game.

Potsdam scored first with less than four minutes to play in the opening quarter but Riley Austin (Rochester, NY/Eastridge) answered for the Golden Eagles two minutes later to knot the score at 1-1.

In the second quarter, Riley Austin scored again a minute into the period for a 2-1 Brockport lead and Potsdam scored midway through the quarter to even the score and the two teams entered the halftime intermission with a 2-2 tie.

In the second half, Jesse Elliott (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa), Alex Austin and Matt Andon-McLane (Syracuse, NY/Nottingham) each scored for the Golden Eagles in the third quarter but the Bears added four goals for a 6-5 lead heading into the final quarter.

Sophomore Bryon Palmer (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City) scored 49 seconds into the fourth quarter to even the score at 6-6. With 8:19 left to play, Potsdam took the 7-6 lead but 13 seconds later Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas) scored to tie the game at 7-7.

After the Bears took an 8-7 lead with 6:12 remaining, Brockport came back with goals by Andon-McLane and Alex Austin for the 9-8 advantage with 4:59 left in the contest.

Potsdam scored the final two goals of the game in a span of 50 seconds with the winning goal coming at the 2:27 mark of the quarter.

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BROCKPORT, N.Y.-Potsdam (5-3, 1-0 SUNYAC) scored two goals in the final 3:17 to defeat Brockport (5-6, 1-1) 10-9 in its SUNYAC opener on the road Saturday afternoon. Juniors Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) and Ryan Paparella (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) each scored three goals for the Bears.

The teams traded goals and leads over the first two quarters. Paparella struck with an assist from sophomore attack Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) at 3:38 of the first quarter to open the scoring. Golden Eagle Austin Riley put Brockport up 2-1 with markers at 1:38 of the first quarter and 14:00 of the second. Morrill knotted the score at 2-2 at the 7:40 mark and the count was unchanged at the break.

In the third quarter, the offense picked up, but neither team was able to pull away. The Golden Eagles scored three goals, but Potsdam countered each one with a goal from Morrill, two from Paparella and a man-up tally from freshman midfielder John Hawk (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) for a 6-5 advantage after 45 minutes.

The teams alternated the first four goals of the final quarter, including strikes from junior attack Kyle Nicholas (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) and Morrill, to keep Potsdam up 8-7. However, Matt Andon-McLane and Alex Austin scored 37 seconds apart to put Brockport back in front 9-8 with 4:59 left.

Again, Nicholas answered for the Bears with an assist from sophomore midfielder Jared Flath (Dexter, N.Y./General Brown) to tie the score with 3:17 left. Freshman midfielder Dave Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) won the next faceoff and fed Flath who found senior attack Pete Pike (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown) for the game-winner with 2:27 left. Brockport had four shots in the final 49 seconds, but each sailed wide of the Bears net.

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2012-04-07



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